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Indonesia to provide phone links to all villages by end 2008 The government is preparing telephone links to all villages in the country by the end of 2008, told Minister of Communication Muhammad Nuh on Tuesday. Some 38,000 villages - over half of the total of 70,000 - still don't have telephone links according to the minister during a lunch with foreign reporters. "We start with 18,000 villages for 2007 and the rest, 20,000, in 2008," he said.

Posted in General @ 31 July 2007 13:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merdeka! Merdeka! With just over two weeks to go, Indonesia is slowly turning into a more colorful country than usual. Independence Day is coming - the 17th of August. That will be celebrated as well. Of course the red and white flags will be everywhere around, but the celebration is more than just raising a flag in the early morning. Like I wrote a year ago, cleaning is done as preparation. Things that haven't been cleaned for almost a year are now cleaned to be finished just a few days short of the 17th - so they don't have to care about it for another year as well.

Posted in Culture @ 31 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi sends aviation watchdog to Indonesia Officials of Saudi Arabia's aviation watchdog arrived in Indonesia Monday to begin inspections of local airlines concerning their safety record after the European Union recently denied entry of all Indonesian airlines. Personnel from the General Authority Civil Aviation (GACA) visited the Transportation Ministry's compound here and were received by director general of civil aviation Budhi Suyitno.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2007 18:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Youth key to new political party In the lead-up to Indonesia’s 2009 elections, a new left party has been formed. The National Liberation Party of Unity (Papernas) was founded on the basis of three main demands: the cancellation of Indonesia’s foreign debt, the nationalisation of the minerals sector, including oil and gas, and national industrialisation.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU to observe conditions of Indonesian airlines Minister of Transportation Jusman Syafei Jamal said that observers from the European Union will take a direct look at the condition of Indonesian airlines in connection with it's ban on airplanes from Indonesia from flying to it's airspace. "They will send a team to Indonesia but they also asked us to send them first five kinds of documents on Indonesia`s aviation," the minister said here on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 28 July 2007 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia: 'Terrorists are losing their battle to spread hatred' Islamic terrorists blamed for a number of deadly suicide bombings in Indonesia have failed to further their 'cause of hatred' in the country, according to president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He made the statement at the opening of an eye-clinic on the island of Bali, a gift from Australia to victims of the 2002 nightclub bombings which killed 202, among them 88 Australians.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2007 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No tsunami after strong quake near Sulawesi A strong earthquake rocked northern Sulawesi on Thursday, sending residents fleeing from their swaying homes and other buildings according to authorities and witnesses. There were no direct reports of damage or victims. The earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale, triggered a tsunami warning but this was quickly lifted after it became clear that there were no destructive waves generated during the earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 July 2007 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and South Korea sign nuclear cooperation deal Medco Energi Internasional and Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. Ltd. from South Korea have signed a preliminary pact to build a nuclear reactor in Indonesia, which has become a hot item due to danger of earthquakes in the country. Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Mining and Energy, Wednesday said that both energy firms had finalized deals with a total value of around 6.5 billion euro during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's three-day visit to Seoul.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 25 July 2007 16:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


20 killed, 52 missing in Sulawesi landslide Twenty people have been killed and 52 others were still missing after a landslide and flood hit areas in the province of Central Sulawesi on Sunday evening, the Disaster Management Agency told Tuesday. The disaster in Batu Bare and Tomboyali districts in the regency of Morowali had destroyed over one hundred houses, including transport facilities, according to officials.

Posted in Weather @ 24 July 2007 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One killed as military aircraft crashes in Indonesia An Indonesian air force jet crashed into a sugar cane field shortly after take-off earlier on Monday, killing one of two people on board, according to a military spokesman and witnesses at the scene of the crash. The second pilot in the OV-10 Bronco counterinsurgency aircraft ejected himself from the plane before it crashed and was not injured, said Rear Marchal Daryatmo.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 July 2007 11:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Uncertainty surrounds Indonesia's nuclear plans There is conflicting information from Indonesia about the plans of building a nuclear power plant. Vice-President Yusuf Kalla has said that there are are no actual plans to build a nuclear power plant to spur economic growth.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 21 July 2007 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to increase AIDS funding by 400 percent, mostly for Papua Indonesia is to increase the amount of money it spends on fighting AIDS by as much as 400 percent over the next few years. The major focus will be in the hardest-hit province of Papua, according to the welfare minister. Indonesia has one of Asia's fastest growing rates of HIV, with up to 290,000 infections on a total population of 235 million. Most of these cases are related to injecting drug users and prostitution.

Posted in Health @ 20 July 2007 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Firefighters battle forest fires on Sumatra Firefighters battle dozens of land-clearing forest fires on the island of Sumatra, officials told, as thick clouds of haze spread across parts of the region. Donny Osmon, head of a local firefighter agency, said that farmers and agricultural companies began setting the fires last Sunday, at the start of the dry season, to clear brush and peat lands for use as agricultural estate.

Posted in Forest fires @ 19 July 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dr Love brings good sex to Indonesia When Singapore's Dr Love invites you up to his hotel room, you don't say no. And once you're inside, he doesn't disappoint. The doctor has plans for educating about the entire world about sex. He starts with pointing at his laptop - and Indonesia. People there can send questions via cellphone text messages anonymously. An avatar called 'Nova' - a virtual character with artificial intelligence - will give an answer.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 July 2007 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia faces new airline ban in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia has said it is considering a ban on Indonesian airlines from flying to the country for safety reasons. This news comes just after a newly instated ban in the European Union was announced for similar reasons. That ban came after two major air accidents in the archipelago earlier this year.

Posted in General @ 17 July 2007 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia lowers alert on volcano as activity drops Thousands of people who fled from a volcano on the eastern island of Halmahera are being advised to start returning to their homes after the activity of the volcano cooled down, told an official earlier today. The alert status was raised to the highest just last week after the Mount Gamkonora volcano started shooting out towering columns of ash and smoke, which sparked concerns of a major eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 July 2007 12:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Annual haze disrupts flights in Indonesia Smoke from land-clearing forest fires disrupts flights serving the Indonesian part of Borneo as the country enters the dry season, according to a local official on Sunday. The haze covered the city of Pontianak in the western part of the island for the last two days, delaying flights on Sunday morning because of the reduced visibility, reported local airport chief Syamsul Bachrie.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 July 2007 16:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 5 The child who died of bird flu last week appears to have caught the virus from dead of sick chickens living in her area, a health ministry official told earlier today. "She had indirect contact with dead chickens near her school," told Joko Suyono, an official at the ministry's bird flu center.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 July 2007 16:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fears of continuing eruption of Gamkonora The Gamkonora volcano on the island of Halmahera in eastern Indonesia is again shooting out flaming rocks after a period of relative quiet. The volcano came to life last week when it emitted towering columns of ash and smoke, but it has been inactive for almost a day now.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2007 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build international port in west Java Eight firms have completed a proposal to build a new international port in the province of Banten in an effort to improve the country's ailing infrastructure. This was told by an official at the state-owned port operator Pelindo II. The official didn't provide investment figures, but local media reported that the project is valued at around 10.1 trillion Rupiah (811 million euro). The government is planning to develop 25 international ports, including in the province of Banten in the western part of the island of Java.

Posted in Economy @ 13 July 2007 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Problems mount at Asian Cup in Indonesia Problems are mounting for organisers of the Asian Cup in Indonesia with poorly organised ticket sales, criticism of training pitches and a floodlight failure at the main stadium. Indonesia has had little experience in hosting big sporting events and appears to be struggling to get it right.

Posted in Sports @ 12 July 2007 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scores missing after Maluku boat accident Officials say that at least two children have died and 45 other people were still missing after a passenger ship disappeared in rough seas in eastern Indonesia. A port official in Ambon, where the ship was about to dock, said around 70 people were on board. "Twenty-three survivors were found and two people were found dead, both of them children," Karim Tuanaya said.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 July 2007 16:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Gamkonora volcano Mount Gamkonora, located in South Ibu Sub-district, West Halmahera District, North Maluku Province, erupted yesterday at 14:50 hrs East Indonesian Time or 12:50 Jakarta time. Mount Gamkonora is located 3.5 hours from Ternate, capital of North Maluku Province. The mountain spewed cold lava and the dust is now piling up to 30 cm high with the radius of around 7.5 km from the epicenter. The Center for Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation has increased the level of alertness from Level III to Level IV (the highest one) since yesterday. SATKORLAK PB reported that there have been five eruptions since 07:30 Jakarta time this morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 July 2007 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gamkonora volcano erupts on Halmahera Island Mount Gamkonora on the eastern Indonesian island of Halmahera erupted on Monday, sending thick clouds of smoke up to 1,000 meters in the air, as was told by the governments volcano monitoring agency. The alert level of the volcano was raised to the second highest level, meaning a major eruption was possible in the coming weeks and villages on it's slopes should be ready to be evacuated, according the website.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 July 2007 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia files $1.5 billion lawsuit against Suharto Indonesia has filed a 1,5 billion US dollar case against former president Suharto and a foundation that gave education scholarships that was controlled by him in a bid to recover funds allegedly misused during his 32 years in power.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2007 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 4 A boy has died of bird flu, bringing the total death toll in Indonesia to 81. Indonesia is currently the only country regularly logging human fatalities from the virus, according to a health official earlier today. The 6-year old died last Sunday in a hospital in Jakarta, told Rumizar Rusin from the bird flu information center under the Health Ministry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 09 July 2007 11:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic fumes from Gunung Salak kill six teenagers Poisonous fumes from a volcano killed six teenagers who were camping on the mountain, a doctor said Sunday. Indonesia has more active volcanoes than any other nation and climbing them when they are not especially active is a popular pastime. Salak, where the teens died Saturday, is just south of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and is one of the country's most popular peaks.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 July 2007 15:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


70% of villa's on Bali illegal Tempo Interaktif reports that an estimated 70% of villas in Bali operated commercially do not have the required permits and licenses. In the Regency of Badung, where most villa development is centered, only 253, or approximately 35%, of the 711 villas recently surveyed can be considered legal operations.

Posted in General @ 07 July 2007 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda complies with IATA safety standards On July 4, 2007, Tempo Interaktif reported Garuda Indonesia is in the process of renewing its certficaton for compliance with the strict safety standards of the International Aviation Transport Association (IATA). According to Tempo, the national airline has already met 95% of the standards of the International Aviation Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), scheduled to be carried out in August.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 July 2007 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fourteen dead in bus accident near Cipanas A speeding bus with on board a group of junior high school students and their teachers plunged into a 10 meter deep ravine on the island of Java earlier Saturday. In this accident 14 road users were killed. 48 others were hospitalized, among them were 26 people in critical condition.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 July 2007 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU to send air safety experts to Indonesia The European Union will send safety experts to Indonesia for the review of an EU ban on Indonesian airlines which started last Friday, said the ambassador of the EU to Indonesia. All 51 airlines, including national carrier Garuda Indonesia, have been barred from entering European airspace because of safety concerns. Although no Indonesian airline currently flies to the EU, the ban obliges tourist agencies to warn customers that the airlines are unsafe if they sell package tours with these carriers.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2007 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'Police killing, raping civilians in Papua' Security forces killed and beat unarmed civilians, raped women during operations against separatists in the province of Papua according to Human Rights Watch. Police chief General Sutanto denied any abuses were taking place in the remote region where mistrust between indigenous people and security forces runs high after years of military crackdowns.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2007 17:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali Hai II sailing again after scheduled overhaul After more than one month undergoing a scheduled major overhaul in a Surabaya dry-dock, Bali Hai II has returned to Bali and resumed its daily schedule of island cruises to Nusa Lembongan and evening dinner cruises.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2007 08:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No more parking mafia! You know them, the ever friendly people who always know where to find that parking space you need. If not on the pavement, in front of an entrance or on a dead-end part of the highway system in Jakarta. There is always place for just one more car, motorbike or bikes, which are folded together near a trash can or tree. No problem at all and we are all happy that we can park at a distance less than ten meters from where we want to go. Nothing wrong with paying a little extra on top of the set prices. Gladly even, because 'better be lazy than tired', is something you have to pay for. Of course we are not talking huge amounts here and for hat few thousand Rupiah's you won't push aside cars yourself, I won't believe that.

Posted in Culture @ 05 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Clove Marlboro launched in Indonesia Philip Morris International has launched 'Marlboro Mix 9', a Marlboro cigarette in Indonesia flavored with clove, seeking to boost sales in one of the world's biggest markets where smokers in Europe and the United States stop smoking. The company, a unit of New York-based Altria Group, last year bought a controlling stake in cigarette manufacturer Sampoerna for 5.2 billion US dollar. It was the largest foreign takeover in Indonesian history.

Posted in General @ 04 July 2007 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Safety ratings for Indonesian airlines The Indonesian Department of Transportation has issued its the results of its scheduled re-audit of safety and air worthiness for all commercial air operators in Indonesia, following an initial audit in March 2007 which failed to see even a single domestic air carrier receive a "clean pass" Category I rating.

Posted in General @ 03 July 2007 01:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


March poverty rate 16.58 pct vs 17.75 pct in March 2006 The poverty rate in Indonesia as a percentage of the total population dropped to 16.58 percent in March this year, compared to 17.75 percent in March 2006. This is announced by Arizal Ahnaf, deputy chairman of the Central Bureau of Statistics BPS. He told at a press conference that the number of people living below the poverty line declined from 39.3 million last year to 37.2 million in March this year.

Posted in General @ 02 July 2007 15:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests 31 after separatist protest Police in Indonesia have arrested 31 people after dancers staged a separatist protest in front of the president in Ambon last week. Maluku police spokesman Djoko Susilo said that 28 protesters and three others were arrested after the group danced in front of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and unfurled a separatist flag. "We will resolve this case down to its very roots," said Susilo as criticism of security forces for failing to prevent the incident mounted.

Posted in Protests @ 01 July 2007 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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